Diagram of the ankle in inversion & eversion

Ankle Sprains

The ankle Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see. Usually involving the foot and ankle turning inwards (inversion) and damaging at least one of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. It is possible to twist the ankle outwards (eversion) but this is far less common. We must always be

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Runners foot & ankle going up stairs as part of ankle physiotherapy.

Common foot and ankle injuries

The foot and ankle are made up of a large number of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and connective tissue (fascia) with the main purpose of absorbing load and force (landing, change of direction, deceleration etc) and locomotion (walking) all of which can be affected by foot and ankle injuries. Bony Anatomy: The ankle is made

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Footballer stretching out to kick a ball.

Groin Pain in Footballers

Find out more about the causes symptoms and safe management of groin pain in footballers. For further advice or to speak to our physiotherapist Paul at our health and wellness clinic in Christchurch, Dorset please call us on 01202 473800.

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Lateral Hip Pain

Pain on the side of your hip or thigh is more than likely being caused by the structures that are involved with the greater trochanter of the thigh bone (femur). If you touch the outside of your leg and feel a bony a lump, this is your greater trochanter. For many years we thought that

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Hip Osteoarthritis

Introduction Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common condition and is caused by the shiny white cartilage (articular cartilage) over the ends of the bones (acetabulum and head of the femur) wearing/thinning/being damaged. Once the cartilage wears through, the underlying bone is exposed. The condition usually affects people over 50 years of age but it

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Spotlight on the Hip

The hip joint is what we call a ball and socket joint. This type of joint allows good amounts of movement but is also very stable. This is vitally important for the hip as it provides a connection from the pelvis to the lower limb. Bony anatomy The main two parts we are concerned with

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Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)

The MCL is one of the 4 main ligaments found in the knee which provide mechanical stability and act in the process of what we call proprioception. To make things simple proprioception applies to the process of balance and our conscious and unconscious awareness of where out joints/limbs are in space. The MCL is found

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Anatomy Over the ends of any bone that forms a joint (articulates) with another bone, we find shiny white cartilage that we call articular cartilage. As part of the ageing process, being active and/or maybe having injuries at certain times in our lives we can potentially damage the articular cartilage. Unfortunately, the cartilage has next

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of two ligaments that can be found inside the knee joint itself. They work together to support the knee, especially into rotation movements. The ACL also helps control the tibia (shin bone) moving forwards (translating) under the thigh bone (femur). Both rotation and

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Spotlight on… Cartilage Tears in the Knee

When people talk about tearing the cartilage in their knee they are usually talking about the meniscus. We have 2 menisci, the medial (on the inside of the knee) and lateral (on the outside of the knee). They are discs of cartilage that add surface area to the joint and provide additional stability and some

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Spotlight on the Knee

The knee is the largest joint in the body and, clearly, is one of the most important. It allows us to walk, run, sprint and change direction, all while supporting our body’s weight. It takes a huge amount of pressure throughout our lives and, unfortunately, often starts to fail as we get older. It is

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